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Police officer Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to Sarah Everard's rape and kidnap

The court heard that responsibility for the killing was admitted but medical reports were awaited.

Sarah Everard disappeared on March 3 while walking home in Clapham, south London (Family handout/PA)

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A serving British police officer has admitted the rape and kidnap of Sarah Everard.

Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer whose role it was to guard diplomatic premises, also accepted responsibility for killing Everard but did not enter a plea while medical reports were being prepared, the BBC said, citing his lawyers.

The Metropolitan Police officer was wearing khaki trousers and a grey sweatshirt as he appeared by video link from Belmarsh jail.

He pleaded guilty to kidnapping Ms Everard “unlawfully and by force or fraud” on March 3.

Police constable Wayne Couzens at a previous appearance at the Old Bailey by video link from Belmarsh prison (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of rape between March 2 and 10.

Couzens was not asked to enter a plea to her murder between March 2 and 10.

The defendant said: “Guilty, sir” when asked for his plea to the first two charges.

The court heard that responsibility for the killing was admitted but medical reports were awaited.

Marketing executive Ms Everard, 33, went missing as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

Sarah Everard

She was reported missing by her boyfriend on March 4 and her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, on March 10.

Her murder provoked outpourings of anger from women who have recounted their own experiences and fears of walking the streets on their own at night.

Members of Ms Everard’s family sat in court to witness the defendant enter his pleas.

A further hearing before Lord Justice Fulford is due to take place on July 9.


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